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Stephanie Pollok

For centuries and centuries the MacLeods and the macDonalds disputed the Misty Island. And for good reason, the closest Hebridean island to the mainland is of a fierce beauty, with daunting mountain ranges, lush stretches of greenery and a dented coastline.

Since the construction of the most expensive toll bridge in Europe Skye can be reached by car and train. Ferries still connect Armadale and Kylerhea.

The Cuillins in western Skye are a great place to go hiking. Sligachan 16 miles from Broadford is the best starting point for exploration of the mountains. Fifteen miles east is glen Brittle where there is a climbing centre and more hiking opportunities.

The peninsula of Trotternish is located in the northeast of the island. Portree is the capital of these parts - there is not much to see in town but there is a bank, a few hotels and some places to get some decent food before you head for the wild scenery of Uig and surroundings. Check out the Isles Inn on Somerled Square for the most authentic highland welcome you'll find on Skye.

In the northwest Dunvegan 22 miles from Portree has the MacLeod castle - the most notable historic sight of the island. The fortress dates from medieval times but was prettified in th 19-th century.

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